As of 3 p.m., there have been 2,849 deaths in Georgia attributed to COVID-19, with the state's earliest reported death on March 5. Georgia has also seen 11,500 total patients hospitalized and 2,389 patients in intensive care units because of the coronavirus, per public health data.
Data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency shows that 1,649 people are currently in the hospital due to COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. July 2, up from yesterday's total of 1,570 current hospitalizations. The agency first began reporting the number of current hospitalizations May 1; at that time the total then was 1,500 people.
Testing is also on the rise, but the percent of positive viral cases—which are the only cases used when reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases, as opposed to positive antibody test results—has been slightly increasing over the last several days, per public health data. One week ago, on June 25, the percentage of positive viral tests was 8.6%. One week later, the percentage of positive cases now totals 9.1%, with 79,970 positive viral tests and 883,239 total administered viral tests.
The percentage of positive antibody tests, which show past infection, has dropped by 0.2% during that same time frame. On June 25, the percentage of positive antibody tests was 5.6%. As of 3 p.m. July 2, this percentage is now 5.4%, with 8,645 positive antibody tests and 161,483 total administered antibody tests.
Fulton County, which includes Alpharetta and Milton, now totals 7,527 confirmed cases of COVID-19—up by 250 cases from yesterday's total of 7,277 cases. The county has also seen 314 coronavirus-related deaths, and 1,119 total hospitalizations so far out of the 11,500 statewide.
According to the most recent epidemiology report from the Fulton County Board of Health from July 1, Alpharetta and Milton have seen 201 and 109 cases of COVID-19, respectively, making up less than 5% of the total cases within Fulton County. Atlanta, South Fulton, Sandy Springs, Roswell, East Point, Johns Creek and Union City all rank above Alpharetta and Milton in terms of case counts.